CORNWALL – Despite putting up a good fight, the underdog Cornwall River Kings saw their season come to a disappointing end on Monday night at the Civic Complex. Jonquiere clinched the LNAH quarter-final series with a 3-2 overtime victory in front of a crowd of 3,023.
Michael Novosad was the overtime hero, beating Loic Lacasse on a great feed by Hugo Carpentier at 4:35 of the extra session. The defending champion Marquis ousted Cornwall 4-2 in the best-of-seven series.
It was perhaps the most entertaining game of the season; definitely the hardest-hitting affair.
Dominic Léveillé beat Lacasse for the lone first-period marker. The Marquis sniper converted on a nifty pass from Carpentier for his 6th goal of the series at 9:07.
River Kings defenceman Sasha Pokulok tied the game with a blast from the point that beat Pier-Olivier Pelletier at 4:24. Then, with 5:16 to play in the middle frame, J.P. Caron paid the price in front of the net and banged home his 3rd of the series.
But, the Marquis levelled the score with only 2 seconds remaining in the middle frame. Simon Laliberté tipped in a perfect shot/pass from the patient Francis Charette.
The Marquis outshot Cornwall 36-30. The announced stars were Novosad (first), Caron (second) and Lacasse.